Galicia the “emerald” of Spain

Galicia, land of mountains, land of the sea, unique, stunning, fascinating land. Galicia is not the Spain one might expect. One cannot compare it to the east coast one cannot compare it to any other place in Spain. Galicia is Galicia and proud of it.

Baixo Miño | Pontevedra ©Turgalicia

Galicia is an old land, several civilizations have left their mark on this beautiful, most western part of Europe. Thousands of years before the Greek Homer declared Galicia the end of the world, this country was settled and alive. Galicia is mentioned in ancient documents by many civilizations and cultures.

The Megalithic culture was the first major culture in Galicia. This was the time of great architecture; the constructions of this culture were built out of giant rocks, reminiscing of Stone Henge in England but with its own character. Their religion was based on the cult of the dead. One can find thousands of dolmens, a type of tomb or sepulchre, throughout Galicia.

In the Bronze Era Galicia became important because of its natural treasures such as ore. This also brought the first Celts to Galicia. A culture that flourished in Galicia till the arrival of the Romans. The Celts and the era of Castroes. The Castroes are circular fortified areas, each possessing concentric walls, surrounded by moats. We can find townships of the Celts dating back to 1000 B.C.
The Celtic culture brought forth great kings and warriors. King Breoghan from whose seeds sprouted the Kings that created Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Portugal, Cornwall and Wales. Breoghan who built the first lighthouse, on that same location where we can now find the tower of Hercules La Coruña. A Coruña itself is said to be Breoghan town. The seafaring techniques of the Galician Celt are legendary.

Rainbow near Lourensá ©Galiciavista

One can experience these cultures, simply by touring Galicia. In summer time, when every little village has some kind of fiesta. It will be impossible to miss the connection with the Celtic culture; it is among other things in the music. The bagpipes, flutes and drums are similar to those of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Portugal and Brittany.

Music men | Santiago ©Galiciavista

The Romans left their mark in the shape of enormous monuments, the tower of Hercules in A Coruña, built on the ruins of Breoghan’s lighthouse, is the oldest surviving Roman lighthouse in the world. The wall around the city of Lugo, 2157m long, 10-15m high. A complete Roman wall, not one such a monument is left in the entire Roman “empire“. This monument is maintained by the Xunta and a UNESCO Heritage Site.  Many rivers require many bridges. Roman bridge ©GaliciavistaIn Galicia one can find Roman bridges of any length, shape and form. One should not forget to mention the roman balnearios (spas). Many are still to be admired and working. Rome is still everywhere in Galicia.

One could say the Romans brought the Catholic religion to Galicia. However over the centuries, this religion developed its own character. One of the most prominent examples is Saint James, Santiago, Xacobeo. The camino de Santiago is one of the three most important pilgrimage destinations in the Christian world today. Religious architecture can be found in its most impressive displays. The incredible cathedrals, monasteries, churches. Ancient religious architecture, sculptures and artefacts are everywhere.

Thousands of years of civil architecture have blended perfectly with the Roman and religious architecture to make Galicia the “emerald” of Spain.

Cathedral de Lugo ©Turgalicia

Our seven big cities, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Vigo, Ferrol, Ourense, Lugo and Pontevedra will charm the visitor with its ancient buildings and city centres and make them gloat at the infrastructure, its modern buildings at the cleanliness, the lack of traffic-jams, the non violent atmosphere, the kindness of the people, its shopping, dining and medical facilities.

Galicia has 1.600km of coastline and not just any coastline. This coastline is formed not only by great sandy grounds and steep cliffs and spectacular rock beaches but also by its exclusive geographic estuary-like formations called Rias.

Galicia is considered the great green heart of Spain, therefore the countryside is something to behold. High mountains, snow-capped in winter, serene and spectacular in summer.

Rio Miño ©Galiciavista

Our mighty rivers that get their water from thousands of lesser rivers and streams make their way to the ocean past our cities and villages, through spectacular countryside. Throughout the centuries they too left their mark on Galicia, they have carved steep canyons like the Cañón de Sil. They made waterfalls and created other natural vistas that are unique and never ending. Rivers in Galicia are filled with clean water and lots of fish.

The countryside in Galicia is forested. Most of the fields are green since the Galician farmers are predominantly occupied with life stock. Fields are surrounded by natural stone walls and trees. Hills that grow into mountains to turn into hills on the other side. Galicia is varied; one province is not at all like another. Villages on the coasts vary, from north to south, enormously from each other, as do the villages in the countryside and mountains. Flat land is not easily to be found in Galicia.

With the new infrastructure, for the most part in place, most rural places can be reached easily.


Galicia: land of real estate opportunities

Galicia is that magnificent ancient paradise at the westcoast of Spain, at the rough edged shores of the atlantic ocean where people are kind and nature is still abundant. Lucious green hills with seemingly endless vistas. Countless rivers. A hotspot for real estate with prices you can afford.

In Galicia a private beach is still a dream to come true 

Your own private beach is no dream in Galicia

A private beach is for those people who are as individually minded as the part of beach they want to occupy. Every private beach is different, from small sandy beaches of only a few meters to twenty meters or more. Some consist of rock formations with on the water edge little patches of white sand in between. Others are rough and have rocks and vegetation all the way to the waters edge.

One might choose to have ones property border on one of the many estuaries or behind the dunes. There are many beaches in Galicia from the ones just described to very big beaches. The big, well known beaches are well occupied in the summer. This lasts for about six weeks and than they are also empty. Even at the height of summer in the middle of the holiday season one can still find plenty “private beaches”. The possibilities are endless.

If you are interested in owning a waterfront property with a private beach make your wishes known to us by e-mail, phone or fax. Galiciavista Inmo S.L. will analyse your request and contact you as soon as we have found what you are looking for. In case you are interested but don’t know about Galicia we would be happy to guide you in your discovery of this stunning land.

Why not make an appointment and let us show you the Galician coast and the options you have.


 Galicia at your fingertips

These links might help you on your discovery tour of Galicia

How to get there by plane:
www.air-europa.com
www.ryanair.com

www.iberia.es
www.vueling.es


By car: Barcelona, Madrid, A Coruña.
Or, San Sebastian, Burgos, A Coruña.

From England by car-ferry to Santander:
www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/
www.drive-alive.co.uk/spainmap.htm

 

You can choose out of the following suggestions to enhance your possibilities of a successful stay in Galicia.

www.turgalicia.com for general info about everything you need to know about Galicia. A vast interactive library with all kinds of interesting topics about tourism, food, folklore, camino de Santiago and more, much more.

Carnotte ©Turgalicia

www.euroadventures.net/ active vacation.
www.allworld-vacation.com for an exclusive holiday in Galicia.
www.agalicia.com more hotels and info.

 


Ancient cultures

If you are interested in the celtic history of Galicia our suggested link is:
www.celtdigital.org

 


 

Galicia in numbers
(source: Turgalicia.es)

Galicia covers 29,575 km2, a surface area similar to those of Belgium, Massachusetts (USA), and the republic of El Salvador, Taiwan or Israel.

Population (1996): 2,742,622 inhabitants
Density (1996): 92, 7 inhab/km2
Life expectancy at birth (1996): 77.58

The climate of Galicia is very mild. It’s never too hot or too cold.

Average hours of sunlight: 1,989.4 h.
Average rainfall: 1,404.8 l/m2


The weather in Spain

For those interested in the weather, we recommend to visit the following links where you’ll find the latest updates regarding climate conditions:

www.weatheronline.co.uk/Spain.htm
www.inm.es
www.eurometeo.com/english

Devesa ©Galiciavista

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